Real Madrid have made it through to the Champions League semi-finals after Borussia Dortmund fell slightly short of a miracle second-leg comeback at Germany’s Westfalenstadion.
Dortmund lost 3-0 to the Spanish team in the first leg and had an almost insurmountable task ahead of them last night (Tuesday).
However, things seemed to be looking up for Dortmund as Marco Reus (11) scored twice, first at 24 minutes in, then again at 37 minutes.
From the very start the teams looked equally matched, with the game looking like it could go either way. There was real skill and control on both sides and possession throughout was 50/50.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid were somewhat complacent, with less goal attempts, and therefore, less goals, than their German counterparts (12-3).
Luckily, Iker Casillas was on hand to prevent even more Dortmund goals. The national treasure had a few close calls, but managed to keep his cool despite being put under pressure time after time.
The Spanish team could have been much stronger on the defence front though.
Real Madrid could afford to let star player Cristiano Ronaldo sit a game out – they were three aggregate points ahead of their rivals from the start.
But the fact that Ronaldo wasn’t playing seemed to give Dortmund a boost – and a much improved chance of winning.
Ronaldo, who has recently been suffering with a knee injury that saw him leave training early on Monday, looked on from the sidelines, at times appearing frustrated at his team’s lacklustre performance.
The match saw seven yellow cards, five to Real Madrid and two to Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, commented before the match that “Miracles don’t usually happen if you talk about them beforehand.”
But Klopp must have been thrilled with the result – even if they didn’t get through to the next round.
With the final score, Real Madrid were victorious, winning 3-2 on aggregate and breathing a huge sigh of relief.